January 20, 2003 |
It's a measure of the sort of man he is that when colleagues talk about Sean Astin, it's not the work that's first in their minds. "The Lord of the Rings" star is an actor, the son of other actors, a real showbiz brat. But brat is precisely what Astin is not. "If you broke down on the road in the middle of the night and phoned him up, he'd be there in an instant to help," says Richard Taylor, the makeup and special-effects wizard who got to know Astin as they made "The Lord of the Rings."
October 29, 2011 |
The creative and marketing team behind the horse-racing mockumentary "And They're Off... " may have shot themselves in the, er, hoof by keeping this diamond in the rough away from reviewers. Turns out, the movie (filmed locally at Hollywood Park and Pomona's Fairplex Park) is a consistently amusing, sometimes hilarious spoof in the Christopher Guest mold; a warmly cockeyed look at a clumsy, yet hope-springs-eternal horse trainer, Dusty Sanders (Sean Astin), who's on a rocky ("Rocky?"
January 21, 1996 |
Sweet-natured and unsurprising--about as hard to resist (and as intellectually demanding) as an affectionate puppy--this 1993 tale of a guy who never gave up on his dream of suiting up as a football player for Notre Dame benefits from a charming and engaging performance by Sean Astin (pictured) in the lead role. Otherwise, it's "Never Say Die"/" Gotta Be Me" all over again (HBO Sunday at 5:15 p.m.; Friday at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
April 8, 2014 |
Every few years rumors percolate of an imminent sequel to the 1985 film classic "The Goonies. " Director Richard Donner reignited the buzz last week, telling TMZ that the project is in the works, echoing star Sean Astin's 2012 claim that a second movie is "1,000% certain. " Warner Bros., for its part, won't confirm or deny that a "Goonies 2" is in the works. If there is, that is a 1,000% terrible idea, and any plans for a "Goonies" sequel should be buried in a cave and surrounded by booby traps. If you grew up in the VHS era, chances are you have strong feelings about this movie.
November 9, 2003 |
ELIJAH WOOD, who is given the job of saving the world (or Middle-earth at least) in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, began his career modeling little boys' clothing in a mall. He was just 7 when his mother moved him from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Los Angeles in 1988, and his screen debut came almost immediately, with a small part in the second episode of "Back to the Future." Enough decent roles kept coming his way that he did not have time to do a single stage play or complete high school.
July 30, 2006
A better title for this article ["For Silver Spoon Scions," July 16] would have been "Whiny Babies." Sean [Astin], maybe you should leave the shelter of your rich and famous "fraternity" and mingle with the masses. You might be surprised at how open-minded and friendly we can be! A word of advice to the "members of the tribe": Quit whining. LYNN E. POWERS Laguna Beach